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The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival unveiled an ambitious slate of films from the major international film festivals, and opens unconventionally on July 9th, 2017 at Howler Art Space with an Opening Day Binge Watch of documentaries kicking off at 11am. The opening short is ‘The Satellite’ by Ann Johnson which tells the improbable true story of Australia first spacecraft.

With 80 + documentaries in competition screened over 8 days at four venues: Howler Art Space, Long Play, Cinema Nova, and The Laneway Learning Centre. The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is guaranteed to provide a rich array and diverse mix of documentaries direct from the festival circuit. Curated sections include Australian, Short Documentary, Music, Foodie, Art, Street Art, Environmental, LGBTI, Aboriginal, Investigative Journalism Documentaries, Pop Culture and World Cinema.

On Saturday July 15th, 2017 from 9am The Laneway Learning Centre will host a Master Class on Documentary Filmmaking, Indigenous Filmmaking and a seminar on distribution from leading Australian distributors geared toward helping established and emerging filmmakers get ahead.

On July 16th, 2017 from 9am The Laneway Learning Centre will a host a new initiative from the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival called Charity Docs where all money generated from ticket sales of that session will be equally donated to the Alzheimer’s Foundation and the RSPCA.

Selected highlights of this year’s fest include the Melbourne premiers of high profile documentaries “One Heart One Spirit’ and a chance to see Jack Thompson speak about Indigenous issues The Cinema Travellers, God Knows Where I Am, Five Days on Lesvos, and Miss Kiets Children.

Short documentary highlights include ‘For Flint’ direct from Tribeca and ‘Road to Webequie’ from TIFF, The Fixers from Doxa.

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